Goodyear employees gather around burning tires, outside the Goodyear tire company, in Amiens, northern France, Tuesday Feb. 26, 2013. . Workers at a dying French tire factory who've become the butt of American jokes are staging a day of last-ditch protests to try to save their jobs. The protests in the northern city of Amiens come after efforts to find a new buyer for the struggling plant have fizzled. An American executive who considered buying it sent a letter last week to the French government saying that France's economic model is too worker-friendly and discourages investment. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

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Goodyear employees gather around burning tires, outside the Goodyear tire company, in Amiens, northern France, Tuesday Feb. 26, 2013. . Workers at a dying French tire factory who've become the butt of American jokes are staging a day of last-ditch protests to try to save their jobs. The protests in the northern city of Amiens come after efforts to find a new buyer for the struggling plant have fizzled. An American executive who considered buying it sent a letter last week to the French government saying that France's economic model is too worker-friendly and discourages investment. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
Goodyear employees gather around burning tires, outside the Goodyear tire company, in Amiens, northern France, Tuesday Feb. 26, 2013. . Workers at a dying French tire factory who've become the butt of American jokes are staging a day of last-ditch protests to try to save their jobs. The protests in the northern city of Amiens come after efforts to find a new buyer for the struggling plant have fizzled. An American executive who considered buying it sent a letter last week to the French government saying that France's economic model is too worker-friendly and discourages investment. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
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